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Internet of Things Edge Products Unveiled at ARC Forum

I’m tackling Internet of Things Edge computing in the first of many posts as I finally have some time to gather my notes and thoughts after an intense four days in Orlando at the ARC Advisory Group Industry Forum. Announced during the Monday press conferences and later at a special breakfast presentation, Inductive Automation announced […]

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Industrial Internet Consortium Publishes the Industrial Internet Reference Architecture V 1.8

Committee co-chair Mark Crawford of the The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) told me yesterday that its Industrial Internet Reference Architecture is a living document. The committee revises frequently in order to stay current with rapidly moving technology and use cases. Therefore, it is no surprise that the organization has published version 1.8 of the Industrial […]

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PTC Delivers Year of Success in Its Internet of Things Business


PTC has had an interesting journey of moving from ERP to PLM to IoT through batches of acquisitions over the course of several years. When it announced a series of acquisitions including ThingWorx and Kepware (at premium prices from the looks of things) I had to wonder what was up. Executives assured me that it […]

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Can HMI SCADA Be A Good Manufacturing Business?

HMI SCADA software builds the platform of the Industrial Internet of Things. Yet, many of the traditional companies apparently are not pursuing it as actively as in the past as they spend more time on somewhat “higher end” software—business intelligence and analytics. So, is there money to be made in this business? To that end, […]

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Industrial Merger and Acquisition Activity

A couple of reports and studies on industrial manufacturing merger and acquisition activity have popped up recently. One came from my usual source—PwC. The other arrived from a new contact—Mergermarket. First PwC. The following is an analysis of Global Industrial Manufacturing deals with disclosed values greater than $50 million. The Global Industrial Manufacturing sector closed […]

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Despite Industry Headwinds, U.S. Manufacturers Optimistic

I received another survey of manufacturers’ economic outlook. This one shows definitely mixed opinions. Reading through the lines of the report reveals some uncertainty with shades of hope hear and there. From the report: While manufacturers across the U.S. are generally optimistic about revenues for 2017, small manufacturers are far more optimistic than larger manufacturers […]

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MESA International

MESA International Announces Smart Manufacturing Conference 2017 Dates

MESA International has found a willing home for its annual North American conference once again aligning with the IndustryWeek Manufacturing & Technology (M&T) Conference & Expo. Both events will be held at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, May 8 – 10, 2017.  Registration for the global MESA community is now open. I […]

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